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Notice: Holiday Schedule for George Hamilton Day

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the George Hamilton Day (Civic) holiday on August 6th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service on this day:

HSR fare increase in September 2018

Different fare methods in Hamilton, including paper pass, tickets and Presto

As part of the ten-year transit plan, which was sidelined for a year before being reinstated last year, the HSR will be raising fares again in September. Fares will go up in all categories except for Cash fares, which will remain at $3.00.

The adult and student price for paper tickets as well as the Presto fare price will see a modest 10 cent increase from the current rate. The Presto fare price for Seniors will also be increased by 10 cents.

HSR Customers can continue using their current 2017-2018 tickets with an expiry date of August 31, 2018 which will remain valid thru September 30th with an additional $0.10 per ticket paid into the farebox.

Authorized ticket and pass vendors will begin to sell 2018-2019 Tickets in mid-August with a new expiry date of August 31st, 2019.

PRESTO Cards now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Stores in Hamilton and Burlington

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Metrolinx and the province are making steps to make the PRESTO fare card more accessible for purchasing, loading, and reloading in Hamilton.

Right now, customers will be able to buy, load, and set discounts for children, elementary and high school students and seniors on their PRESTO cards at 22 Shoppers Drug Mart locations across the city of Hamilton.

Seven Shoppers Drug Marts in Burlington are also equipped to load Presto cards.

An up-to-date list of all PRESTO retail outlets is available at prestocard.ca.

Presto is already available at nine Fortinos locations in the city, which has proven both successful and convenient.

56 CENTENNIAL to get Riverdale service pilot this fall

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In the fall bus service on route 56 CENTENNIAL will be modified, adding new service area coverage as well as shortening the route length on weekdays.

The Riverdale HSR service pilot will run between September 2018 and the end of April 2019. Ridership will be assessed each month for both the route as a whole and specific to the stops in the Riverdale neighbourhood.

If successful (measured by ridership) the program will continue through summer 2019 with permanent implementation as part of the 10 year transit strategy. If deemed unsuccessful (lack of interest, no or low usage, reduction of ridership, status quo) the program will be assessed to determine if any portion should be retained (frequency or span or Riverdale routing) or if the route should return to the way it was before the pilot.

This change is very similar to one formally proposed to the City of Hamilton by me back in 2014.

HSR offering free rides to Arkells Rally at Tim Horton’s Field on Saturday

The City of Hamilton and the HSR announced today that on Saturday the HSR will offer free rides for ticket holders heading to the Arkells Rally at Tim Hortons Field.

This “ticket to ride” promotion is similar to the existing program which grants Ticats ticket holders complimentary transit service to and from Hamilton Tiger-Cats games on gameday.

Fans can show their ticket to the driver when boarding the bus for a ride to and from the rally. The ticket-to-ride will run from 3:00pm until end of regularly scheduled Saturday service at approximately 2:00am.

Mountain Climber pilot program expanded to Kenilworth and Beckett Drive mountain accesses

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Last night, Hamilton City Council approved an expansion of the Mountain Climber pilot program that allows cyclists to take an HSR bus up or down the escarpment for free.

After a year-long pilot that began in May 2017, Council approved the permanent implementation of the Mountain Climber program on James Mountain Hill (West 5th Access).

Council also approved a second pilot project of the Mountain Climber program on the Kenilworth Access and Beckett Drive (Queen Street). The second phase of the pilot project will also be monitored for one year and staff will report back with recommendations of whether or not to continue in spring 2019.

The Kenilworth Access is served by route 41 MOHAWK while Beckett Drive is served by 34 UPPER PARADISE.

Extended 56 CENTENNIAL service this summer

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Additional HSR service is coming to Hamilton Airport and Van Wagner’s Beach areas this summer

Beginning with the summer schedules, the HSR will begin providing additional service to the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Van Wagner’s Beach area. This additional service starts June 24th, 2018.

Customers traveling to the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will not see any additional service to express bus route 20 A-LINE EXPRESS but will instead see service hours of the Glanbrook TransCab extended. The service, which costs an additional 50 cents on top of the standard fare, operates from the Mountain Transit Centre to Mount Hope. The hours will be extended during Monday to Saturday, and now on Sundays with newly added weekend hours.

Glanbrook TransCab will now run Monday to Saturday between 6:00am and 2:00am and on Sundays between 6:00am and 1:00am.

Update: CP labour agreement reached; no GO train service disruption

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Update: All GO service will run as usual now that an agreement has been reached between CP and its labour union that helps maintain and operate our network.

GO Transit has advised of a potential service disruption of train service to Hamilton in the coming days.

Canadian Pacific Rail labour unions are in a legal strike position as of 10:00pm on Tuesday, May 29th, which may impact some GO train services. While GO is hopeful that an agreement can be reached, the regional transit agency has plans in place if a strike occurs.

CP owns a section of corridor leading into Hamilton GO Centre.

If there is a labour disruption, there will be fewer staff members available to address any signal or switch issues, meaning longer delays for Lakeshore West customers travelling eastbound on train trips which begin at Hamilton GO and for customers travelling westbound between Aldershot and Hamilton GO if there is an issue

More to come.

Niagara GO trains still bypass Hamilton in 2018

Seasonal GO train service to Niagara is set to start up again for the season, but like the last several years, these GO trains will not stop in Hamilton.

The West Harbour GO Station opened in the summer of 2015 for the Pan Am Games. The station initially opened in a partially finished position with much of the landscaping unfinished, some of the interiors not quite finished, and the parking facilities still under construction. Since then the station has been completed and is serviced by morning and peak trains on weekdays.

2017 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.

2018 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.

Possible CP strike action could disrupt GO train service to Hamilton GO Centre

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GO Transit has advised of a potential service disruption of train service to Hamilton in the coming days.

Canadian Pacific Rail labour unions are in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 21st, which may impact some GO train services. While GO is hopeful that an agreement can be reached, the regional transit agency has plans in place if a strike occurs.

Since CP owns a section of corridor leading into Hamilton GO Centre, train service to and from this station would not be provided due to CP’s available staff resources. Regular GO bus service will continue and extra Route 18 GO buses will run between Hamilton GO Centre and Aldershot GO Station to connect to regular Lakeshore West train service.

The argument could be made that this would be the perfect time to run extra trains to the new West Harbour GO Station, which only sees two inbound and outbound trains each weekday. This could pose a logistical difficulty as the Hamilton GO Yard, where GO trains which service the Hamilton GO Centre park overnight, is also in this section of CP owned corridor.

More to come.